'Dancing With the Stars': Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy discuss their fall
The audience gasped and held its collective breath at the April 4 taping of the "DWTS" performance night when seasoned pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy buckled from a sudden pain in his hamstring and took partner Kirstie Alley to the floor with him.
The duo recovered and received decent marks from the judges, but everyone wondered if the visibly pained Maks was actually badly injured.
Zap2it was backstage after the show, where Maks brushed off questions if he'd be seeing a doctor. "No, trust me. I'm thanking everybody for their concern, but it's not about that," he says, quick to turn the attention back to his partner. "The show is about dancing with people like this... I was very proud of Kirstie's Rumba this week and just wanted to show it."
Kirstie did not seem phased by the snafu at all. "I didn't even know I fell, honest to god," she says. "Next thing I know, I'm looking down and hearing him say 'Let's keep going.'"
She says one of the things that helped her continue the routine is the fact that she's never nervous on the ballroom floor. "I feel so comfortable in that space," she says. "I see my friends and I see the other dancers' friends. It feels intimate, it feels like dinner theater. I love live TV, like I love it when I do 'Saturday Night Live.' You can screw up."
If you're keeping track, it's actually been 18 years since the actress last hosted "SNL," but she says she'd "love" to do it again.